In the week after Joe Biden was proclaimed the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump had originally refused to concede defeat and was slammed over ostensibly procrastinating with the transition. However, he finally granted permission for it to start “in the best interests of our country”.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is reportedly furious over the fact that Donald Trump’s administration has procrastinated over a co-ordinated handover of the Defence Department to the incoming team of President-elect Joe Biden, writes Business Insider.
Citing the present challenges facing NATO, two of the alliance’s officials and a former Barack Obama administration defence official are cited by the outlet as warning that procrastination over a transition is dangerous.
A “historic” breach of the American government’s key networks allegedly carried out by Russia, the tasks facing NATO allies fighting together in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and East Africa, and flaring tensions with Iran ahead of the anniversary of the assassination of its top commander Qasem Soleimani were all cited as requiring immediate attention by the Biden team.
The sources added that from the standpoint of an ally, it was imperative that an incoming Biden administration be “fully briefed and ready to deal with these very dangerous issues”.
In mid-December a massive hacking of US government agencies was blamed…